Omega-3 fatty acids to the rescue for the fearful dog or cat!

By Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D and Imelda-Lopez Casper

There is nothing more amazing than happy, well nourished dogs and cats who are comfortable in their own skin and are a major part of our families and lives! However, fear is a normal defense mechanism for them, just as it is for us.  But, when it becomes uncontrollable and happens without a good reason for it, this is a signal that something is wrong.  If you go to a typical Western trained veterinarian who has not studied holistic modalities, you may be tempted to follow their all too often standard veterinary drug therapy recommendations and protocols, however, we would prefer you to consider a more natural approach.  The first that should be looked at is the animal’s environment to see if there is an immediate cause.  When that cause is determined we might then implement such modalities as homeopathy, flower essences, TTouch or the EFT Tapping Technique therapies for a total holistic approach. These modalities are shared in Celeste Yarnall’s books. See below:

                       The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care, by Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D and Jean Hofve, DVM  

 Also see, Natural Dog Care, by Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D

Both of Celeste’s books are available at

Without a doubt nutritional imbalances can cause also irrational and obsessive behavior.  What an animal eats affects the way they behave.  Their diet needs to be looked at for imbalances.  In our opinion, feeding commercial pet “food” causes major imbalances.  A properly balanced, species-specific, raw food diet is a must for cats and dogs! To accomplish this, we believe supplements must be incorporated into the diet.  Besides having the right balance of vitamins and minerals, just as it is for humans, essential fatty acids are also key, especially Omega-3’s.

A growing number of studies suggest an association between mental health and reduced dietary intake of Omega-3 fatty acids. Recent clinical trials are supportive of Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.  Based on the animal research to date, Omega-3 fatty acids are the most promising candidate for dietary intervention in the aftermath of a traumatic event to facilitate adult hippocampal neurogenesis (the generation of new neurons).  Adult hippocampal neurogenesis buffers stress responses and depressive behavior.  Animal studies have revealed that short-term augmentation of dietary Omega-3 fatty acids relative to Omega-6 fatty acids up-regulated adult neurogenesis and that dietary Omega-3 fatty acids elevated levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes the survival and growth of neurons.  Evidence has accumulated that Omega-3 fatty acids have an influence on hippocampal neurogenesis by increasing BDNF.

This review has highlighted the major epidemiologic findings of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and possible nutritional intervention that could be implemented in the aftermath of accidental injury for prevention or amelioration of the disorder. It is now becoming clearer that the modulation of adult hippocampal neurogenesis by diet affects learning, memory, cognition and mood. It is suggested that adult hippocampal neurogenesis may play a role in the periodic clearance of hippocampal memory traces in contextual fear conditioning.  Accordingly, adult hippocampal neurogenesis is emerging as a possible mediator of the effect of diet on learning, memory, cognition and mood. Consequently modulating adult hippocampal neurogenesis by Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation could be a target of choice to prevent PTSD.  Such intervention would likely be acceptable in clinical practice in both mental health and critical care medicine because of its convenience, empirical results in animal studies and less frequent side effects.

The best and most bio-available source of Omega-3’s are from marine lipids rather than plant sources, and the best marine lipid source is the New Zealand greenlip mussels. See:  New Zealand greenlip musselsPerna canaliculus, or GLM are grown under a sustainable aqua-farming program that ensures the long term viability of the greenlip mussel industry, with minimum impact on the environment. GLM are bi-valve mollusks known to be a rich source of 33 essential fatty acids, of which 18 are Omega-3’s (including EPA and DHA). One of GLM’s unique array of Omega-3s is ETA (eicosatetraenoic acid). ETA, which is not found in any other foods to any measurable degree, has extremely powerful ant-inflammatory properties.  ETA inhibits the COX2 and LOX inflammatory pain pathways at the same time making its anti-inflammatory value significantly higher than that of fish oil.

Before treating fear as a symptom to be corrected behaviorally or even energetically the best place to start is always by home preparing properly prepared, biologically appropriate meals for your carnivorous dog and obligate carnivore cat, a properly supplemented  Raw meat and raw bone diet for both dogs see: and cats, see:, is the best foundation to insure your companions health on the body, mind and spiritual level.

With this solid nutritional approach in mind and making sure to include this unique  category of Omega 3 supplementation from New Zealands Greenlip mussels, your dogs and cats should be well on their way to a happy life and be able to cope normally with the issues that occur from time to time that cause them stress.  You will see the difference over fish oils!  The Authors choice after much research for both people and companion animals (including horses and birds) and personally taking it ourselves, is MOXXOR. Of special interest to the authors is that MOXXOR has no filler oils or excipients and is preserved and enhanced naturally with organic, cold pressed sauvignon white grape seed husk extract and kiwifruit seed oil, which contains all 8 natural forms of Vitamin E. These three are the only ingredients in MOXXOR!

Please see:

With a properly balanced and properly supplemented raw food diet (see all other modalities employed such as those suggested above, especially homeopathy will be much more effective and long lasting.

Resourced from:

Clearance of fear memory from the hippocampus through neurogenesis by omega-3 fatty acids: a novel preventive strategy for posttraumatic stress disorder?
Yutaka Matsuoka1,2
1Department of Adult Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Tokyo, Japan
2Department of Psychiatry, National Disaster Medical Center, Tokyo; and CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Saitama, Japan
Corresponding author.
Yutaka Matsuoka:
Received November 26, 2010; Accepted February 8, 2011.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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